Shannon Liao

New York, New York

Video games reporter focused on investigative features

Education: Vassar College, English major; Baruch College, City University of New York, BBA in Marketing, English minor

Shannon Liao is a staff writer at The Washington Post covering video games. Prior to joining The Post, Liao was a games reporter at CNN Business, profiling the CEO of Epic Games, breaking industry scoops around business and tech, and contributing the occasional article to other sections. She has also been a tech and culture reporter at the Verge covering general tech news, Chinese internet culture, cryptocurrency and the intersection between internet culture, gaming and politics. While at the Verge, she was on Vox Media's board for the Asian American employee resource group. Additionally, she
Latest from Shannon Liao

‘Scorched earth’ and big profits: How embattled gaming titan Bobby Kotick outlasts his opponents

Court records show Kotick has engaged in years-long battles against enemies big and small and brawled over sums of money far eclipsed by the cost of his lawyers. Now, with Activision Blizzard facing claims of a toxic workplace, Microsoft is buying the company.

February 11, 2022

Nintendo Direct highlights include new Fire Emblem game, ‘Mario Strikers’ and Kirby

Nintendo revealed a few new titles and provided updates on anticipated games like "Splatoon 3."

February 9, 2022

Microsoft and Sony are buying up the video game world. The FTC could stop them.

Here's what the impending "consolidation wars" mean for the video game industry.

February 8, 2022

Activision Blizzard’s console revenue drops 31 percent; ‘World of Warcraft’ is getting a mobile game

The company declined to hold a conference call with shareholders following the report, citing its impending merger with Microsoft.

February 3, 2022

‘Ghostwire: Tokyo’ developers scoured the real-life city for ghost stories

Tango developers said they drew upon science fiction novels written by Philip K. Dick, Connie Willis and Kambayashi Chohei to craft “Ghostwire."

February 3, 2022

Sony to buy ‘Destiny’-maker Bungie for $3.6 billion

The purchase comes shortly after Microsoft announced a deal to acquire Activision Blizzard.

January 31, 2022

Raven Software union moves to vote absent Activision Blizzard recognition

The workers will now proceed to file for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board.

January 25, 2022

Activision Blizzard employees at Raven Software ask management to recognize new union

Quality assurance testers at Raven Software have asked management to recognize their union.

January 21, 2022

Activision Blizzard CEO addresses employees on layoffs, potential departure in ‘fireside chat’

Bobby Kotick answered employee questions about the company's acquisition by Microsoft during a Thursday morning video chat.

January 20, 2022

Microsoft sets itself up as a one-stop tech shop with historic purchase of video game giant

The deal to buy Activision Blizzard — the maker of Candy Crush and Call of Duty — for $68.7 billion would be Microsoft’s largest acquisition in company history.

January 18, 2022